My Take (Part 1)
To say a lot has gone on this year would definitely be an understatement. This year has been and still is one of the most pivotal years since they turn of the nineteenth century or the years leading up to and including the Great Depression. The world will definitely not be the same from this point on. So let me give you my take on current events.
First of all let’s take a look into God’s word which we’ll do a few times.
(Ezekiel 33:6) But if the watchman sees the sword coming, and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned; if the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity. But I will require his blood at the watchman’s hand.
(Ezekiel 33:7) And you, son of man, I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel. Therefore you shall hear the Word from My mouth, and warn them from Me.
Recently I’ve been studying the book of Ezekiel and as Pastor John Walthall would say Times Change but People Don’t. As I look at today’s society the times may have changed since the writing of the prophet Ezekiel but the people haven’t. Just look at what was going on back then.
(Ezekiel 22:11) And a man has done abomination with his neighbor’s wife; and a man has defiled his daughter-in-law in unchaste acts; and a man has humbled within you his sister, his father’s daughter.
(Ezekiel 22:12) In you they have taken bribes to shed blood. You have taken usury and increase, and you gained by extortion of your neighbors, and you have forgotten Me, says the Lord Jehovah. So what do we have today? We have a whole lot of Sex in The City, Desperate House Wives and we are suffering economically from systematic greed on Wall Street. I believe just as in the time of the prophet Ezekiel who God instructed to inform his chosen people of the impending wrath and judgment that he was going to exact on them due to their constant rebelliousness and their numerous acts of sin.
Today sin is not a popular subject even in the church. It’s often about prosperity, self esteem, expansion etc. None of these in and of itself is bad but what about sin and is the church addressing the issues raised in Matthew 25?
(Matthew 25:34) Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
(Matthew 25:35) For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in;
(Matthew 25:36) I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.
We are in the midst of difficult times and they are going to get worse. Why? Because God is tired of us. (Mark 7:6) But He answered and said to them, Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. How often do we give lip service instead of helping to carry out the true mission of the church? We often stress the need to attend church but how often do we stress the need of those attending to actually be the church? (Act 2:44) And all who believed were together and had all things common.(Act 2:45) And they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. To be continued************